I’ve been reading Proverbs this year at the rate of one chapter per day. This works well because the 31 chapters in Proverbs correspond to the 31 days in most months. Each day I try to tweet one verse that grabs my attention out of the many verses in each chapter. Today I read Proverbs 9, and I tweeted verse 9 which says…
“Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning” (NIV).
Today my fiance Lacey gave me the perfect test to see whether I listened to God’s Word or not. On my way back from a worship design meeting, Lacey and I discussed our upcoming small group time. As the small group co-leader, I’m responsible for the teaching/sharing portion of our time together on Wednesday. Lacey offered some constructive criticism, and my initial reaction in my head was not wisdom. My inner reaction smacked of hurt ego as opposed to the truth of Proverbs 9:9.
Immediately after my initial reaction sparked in my head, I remembered this verse and felt extremely foolish. After the verse reverberated in my mind a little, I tried to take in what Lacey was saying rather than putting it off in my mind. Hopefully, that will start to become my initial reaction down the road. But that will take much more wisdom and much more openness to instruction.
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